Welcome to Atrial Signals

Research and development have brought significant advances to electrophysiological studies of the atria. New electroanatomical mapping systems reduce radiation, multichannel catheters allow for simultaneous high-density mapping or panoramic mapping, and computer modeling enhances the comprehension of electrogram origin and arrhythmic mechanisms. But despite all efforts, the treatment of atrial fibrillation still poses a major challenge to clinicians.

A joint collaboration of all experts - clinicians and engineers - offers the best prospects to address this challenge. This was the goal of the first workshop in 2015 in Karlsruhe and it will again be the goal of Atrial Signals 2021 - bringing together the leading experts from both fields and providing a stage for open discussion. Two successful editions in Valencia 2017 and in Bordeaux 2019 have in the meantime demonstrated the importance of the topic and this type of meeting.

Topics of Atrial Signals 2021 include:

  • Mapping of arrhythmias in clinical practice
  • Mechanisms of AFib initiation and maintenance
  • Signal analysis from the engineers' and clinicians' perspective
  • Ablation strategies
  • Computational atrial modeling to enhance the comprehension of arrhythmias

Distinguished experts are invited to participate as speakers and as panelists in order to find common insights, debate theories, and discuss promising and arguable approaches.

The workshop is organized by joint forces of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT) and the Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe, two renown institutions in the field of atrial modeling, signal processing, and medical care. The collaboration between IBT and the Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe - collaborators now for more than a decade - has led to dozens of conference contributions and journal articles, addressing issues of engineering interest and clinical importance.

We are aware of the current COVID-19 situation. Nevertheless, we are optimistic and plan a face-to-face meeting in September 2021. In July 2021, we will make a final decision on whether we can physically meet in September 2021.


We are looking forward to meeting you in Karlsruhe,

Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Olaf Dössel
Prof. Dr. med. Claus Schmitt